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Status:Preliminary - official
Date:Sunday 6 April 1997
Type:Silhouette image of generic G159 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Grumman G-159 Gulfstream I
Operator:African Commuter Services
Registration: N2NC
MSN: 158
First flight: 1965
Engines: 2 Rolls-Royce Dart 529-8H
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 16
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 18
Ground casualties:Fatalities: 1
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Repaired
Location:Goma Airport (GOM) (   Democratic Republic of the Congo)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Departure airport:Goma Airport (GOM/FZNA), Democratic Republic of the Congo
Destination airport:Kisangani Airport (FKI/FZIA), Democratic Republic of the Congo
The Gulfstream struck and fatally injured one person on the ground during takeoff at Goma Airport. The flight diverted to Entebbe where extensive damage especially starboard undercarriage assembly was noted.
The aircraft was later destroyed in an accident at Busia, Kenya on 24 January 2003.

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Distance from Goma Airport to Kisangani Airport as the crow flies is 513 km (320 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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